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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson




A probing look into the uncanny life of gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson's life - his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell's Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp. Directed by Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side", "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"). R for drug and sexual content, language and some nudity/118m/F/Magnolia




Bottle Shock




Based on a true story, "Bottle Shock" chronicles events leading up to the famous "Judgment of Paris" tastings, told through the lives of father and son, Jim and Bo Barrett. A former real estate attorney, Jim sacrificed everything to realize his dream of creating the perfect hand-crafted chardonnay. His business, however, is struggling, and he's trying to overcome differences with his slacker son while fighting off creditors. Meanwhile, in Paris, an unwitting British wine shop owner hopes to revive his own failing business by sponsoring a competition which will pit the traditional French powerhouse against the California upstarts. Little did anyone realize they were on course to change the history of wine forever. Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Miguel Sandoval. PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of drug use/103m/S/Freestyle




Rocker




Robert "Fish" Fishman is the dedicated and passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius. Unfortunately, he's kicked out of the group just before it becomes one of the biggest bands in the world. Twenty years later, having given up his dreams, he gets a second chance at fame. Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, Howard Hesseman, Jeff Garlin, Bradley Cooper. PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language/102m/F/Fox




Up the Yangtze




In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. In China, the Yangtze is simply known as "The River". But it, and all life around it, is undergoing a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now disappearing landscape of his grandfather's youth to trace a farewell cruise that traverses the gargantuan waterway. Not Rated/93m/F/Zeitgeist




Mirrors




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Mamma Mia!




Film adaptation of the musical based on the music of ABBA. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends to Sophie's wedding. And Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own, three men from Donna's past, any one of whom could be Sophie's father. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Waters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski. PG-13 for some sex related comments/109m/S/Universal




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Tropic Thunder




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House Bunny




A Playboy Bunny teaches an awkward sorority about the opposite sex &

only to learn that what boys really like is what's on the inside. Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D'Angelo PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language/97m/S/Sony




Death Race




Adrenalized prisoners and a global audience hungry for televised violence come together to create "Death Race." Racing champion and ex-con Jensen Ames is framed for murder. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein &

a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill &

Ames is put through an insane 3-day challenge. Driving a monster car outfitted with weapons, he'll destroy anything in his path to win his freedom. Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Natalie Martinez, Jason Clarke. R for strong violence and language/105m/S/Universal




Dark Knight




Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. This proves to be effective, but they find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Directed by Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins", "The Prestige", "Memento") Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace/152m/S/WB




Pineapple Express




Dale has a grudging business relationship with laconic Saul &

purchasing Saul's rare new strain of pot. But when Dale witnesses a murder, he panics and drops the pot, which can be traced back to him When it is, Dale and Saul run for their lives, and not just from weed-fueled paranoia. Screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a story by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Seth Rogan, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez. R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence/112m/S/Sony




Star Wars: The Clone Wars




In this first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace as more and more systems fall prey to the forces of the dark side. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission that brings them face-to-face with crime lord Jabba the Hutt, while Count Dooku stops at nothing to ensure that they fail at their quest. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the forces of the dark side. Voice talents include Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee. PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking/98m/S/WB